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Clean Energy Common Sense: An American Call to Action on Global Climate Change

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In her first book, Clean Energy Common Sense, NRDC President Frances Beinecke issues a plainspoken, heartfelt call to action on global warming. As Robert Redford writes in his forward, this little book -- for believers, skeptics and everyone in between -- just might help change the world. This is, in many ways, a new kind of book, written in the moment, using very current ...more
Paperback, 106 pages
Published November 9th 2009 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. (first published 2009)
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Jan 29, 2010 Lea rated it it was amazing
Read in a few hours. Amazingly informational without being dry. The facts are astonishing.
Hopefully, this book finds its way into the hands of those who need it most.
Dec 28, 2015 Laurie added it
Frances Beinecke is the president of NRDC–National Resources Defense Council. She wrote this readable 102 page text á la Thomas Paine's Common Sense pamphlet. Her goal is to make the case that we must act now to stem global warming.

(p 71) Americans spent a record $450 billion on imported oil in 2008. American dollars – $1,400 for every man, woman and child in this country – sent overseas to places like Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Russia. Half a trillion dollars, in a single year, earned in this
Mar 03, 2011 John rated it really liked it

I wish I could put a copy of this book into the hands of every US voter -- more accurately, I wish I could have done so before the midterm elections, so that voters would have been able to give themselves a better assessment of the views of the candidates on offer; the results would assuredly have been very different. In a text not much longer, if at all, than the Tom Paine tract its title homages, it spells out very readably exactly the nature of the climate-change problem facing us, the corrup
Nov 13, 2009 Darcy rated it really liked it
This is a really good book for what it is. You can read it in about two hours since it is so short (perfect for airplanes), and there is a lot of information packed in there. If you are interested in the environmental debate going on in this country and across the world right now, this is a wonderful way to get quick, well researched, and reliable information. Be aware though, if you are looking for something that is unbiased, this isn't the book. The author obviously wants sweeping changes to e ...more
Sep 17, 2013 Molly rated it liked it
"Clean Energy Common Sense" would serve as a gleaming introduction for readers who may be otherwise uninformed on the topic of global climate change and the need for clean energy. While the book offers extensive citations of studies verifying anthropogenically forced climate change, it fails to provide reference to scientific research done regarding the future maintenance and protection of the planet's resources with a cap-and-trade system for carbon emission.
Dec 30, 2009 Jared rated it it was ok
Very sensational. I read it hoping to understand the arguments for global warming a little better and I was disapointed. The solutions are not very creative either. I agree that it would be great to get clean energy but not by applying some of these solutions.
Dec 13, 2009 Pierre rated it it was amazing
This 'little' book packs a powerful message to all U.S. citizens that clean energy legislation is in our national interest--for jobs, global security and global warming mitigation--to pass and implement.

Really, it is a great book, indeed. yours, khan.waiting!!!!!!!!Certain books should be spread in the world
May 18, 2010 Larry rated it really liked it
If you would like civilization to last beyond 2012, you should read this book and ACT!
Feb 11, 2010 Geoffrey marked it as to-read
Haven't read it yet, but from what I've heard this harkens back to Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" essay from 1776, which helped spark the American Revolution.
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How to talk to someone who doesn't believe global warming is a problem. 1 31 Nov 03, 2009 09:09AM  
Frances Beinecke is the president of NRDC. Under Frances’s leadership, the organization sharply focuses on curbing global warming, developing a clean energy future, reviving the world’s oceans, saving endangered wild places, stemming the tide of toxic chemicals and accelerating the greening of China. Frances has worked with NRDC for 35 years. Prior to becoming the president in 2006, Frances was th ...more
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